This marks the end of an era:
- The 8 year run of Contests have come to an end.
- Dawn's last Contest battle ever
- Jessie's coordinator career comes to an end
- Zoey's final episode
Overall, it was an alright battle, but this isn't exactly the match I would imagine would be, "THE FINAL CONTEST EVER" type of thing.
So long, Pokemon Contests, you were originally brought into the show to reduce the filler from Johto and give the main girl a quest at the time, but after watching a second girl go at it too, I'm glad we don't have to deal with a third coordinator girl after this.
The end of an era indeed.
There's absolutely no reason at all to randomly bring up stuff from the past - they'll be mentioned when needed
I'm a bit sad that it's over already. :(
But this was definitely a good episode. I just wish that Zoey wasn't beating Dawn so badly from the start. I did like all the awesome combination attacks. I lol'd at the part when Dawn said "We have a spinning move of our own." I thought it just sounded a bit dumb. :/
But a very good episode.
So, Grand Festival is over. I think it's a shame that they put the best battle in the previous episode with Nando and Zoey. After that, the final felt like kind of a let down. That's not to say the battle was bad... it just wasn't a highlight for me (although it might've been if a certain purple monkey hadn't been killed off).
Zoey got a decent farewell I guess, although another minute or so could've been cut out of the battle to flesh out seeing Zoey for a last time. (although thankfully we were spared an AG187 rehash, which would've been incredibly boring revolving around Zoey and Kenny).
Bring on the League dub!
no more contests. no more amazing combinations. no more coordinators.
i guess DP 177 was a rip-off after all
FALKNER FLINGS FLYERS FOR FUN FILLED FETISHES!!!!
Too bad a main girl never won a Grand Festival, and never will. Just think about it, how amazing it was if they ended the contests and Grand Festivals like this-
May- Hoenn GF: Top 8
May- Kanto GF: Top 4
Dawn- Sinnoh GF: Top 2
Iris- Isshu GF: Winner
Instead we got a cruel ending, with Dawn losing to her main rival, again. Sad.
It was a decent battle, but it wasn't the greatest. The Nando/Zoey battle was still superior IMO. Oh well, contest are over and done with in the anime. They were fun while they lasted, and freshened up the show a bit.
Seeing this ep for myself has really put how close Dawn came into perspective. Seeing Jessie have a hissy fit just was not as ominous as seeing the discarded Jessalina outfit. "Going to cheer Ash, huh?" That only makes me remember the tremendous controversy over Dawn's fate. It makes me wonder if somewhere, that same controversy is playing out again. Now Dawn gets to take the backseat for the rest of the ride. Should I say farewell to Contests here? I still feel reluctant to do so, but we haven't seen a sign of anything in BW yet. Regardless, they certainly gave us something to remember it by. The Ultimate Challenge indeed. Sorry, Ash, your memorable performance is yet to come, and not at the gym.
Step into the Fairy circle
Contests are over for good. Oh well, it was a good run but I am glad it stopped as soon as it did. Contest episodes were getting kind of repetitive (even more so than gym battles).
In terms of the battle itself, well I can't say that I enjoyed it more than previous Grand Festival battles (i.e. May VS Drew, Nando VS Zoey). For the greater part of the match, it is Zoey that has the complete upper hand. Dawn insists on charging in like an amateur while Zoey predicts each and every move her opponent makes.
That's not to say Dawn hasn't surprised Zoey quite a few times, but in terms of battle experience and contest strategies, she comes in a little too short. Also let's not forget that Togekiss hasn't been in many battles.
I am glad that Dawn ended up losing in the end, that she is still inexperienced. Zoey has told Dawn before that in order to improve, she must not be satisfied with where she is now. I don't know what Dawn would have done if she won here.
As Johanna puts it, "It doesn't mean this is the end, it's just the beginning."
Jessie also gives up on contests for good, seeing that the person she lost against ended up losing in the final match.
As far as the music goes, some of my favorite pieces were kept throughout the episode. It was a relief seeing that PSM 2 was used during the end of the match, for example.
Piplup, Buneary, Togekiss, and Mamoswine are used in future episodes.
Cyndaquil and Pachirisu are the only two pokemon Dawn owns that are never seen again after this episode.
Last edited by Ampharos King; 9th October 2010 at 06:50 PM.
Iris better be a coordinator or else the writers will be on the receiving end of my fist
FALKNER FLINGS FLYERS FOR FUN FILLED FETISHES!!!!
I don't really understand why people think Dawn's loss makes her ending uneven. Dawn's rivalry with Zoey isn't like the one Ash has with Paul. She didn't have to win to prove her worth. It was almost more of supportive sibling rivalry really.
In the end Zoey won because she was better than Dawn. Not by a huge milestone, but probably just in this battle.
It's one of those ep I need to see again before I really examine it though. That's not to say I didn't like it on my first go though. I loved it.
I loved this ending, Dawn's story has been my favorite so far. Even though I knew the outcome from the start, I felt extremely sad when Dawn lost.
It was the best way to wrap up Dawn's story in my opinion as well. Losing builds character and makes you stronger in the end.